Bingo and Oklahoma: Two birds of a feather

by Brennen on January 1st, 2022

Oklahoma has for a long time been analogous with Bingo. This is owing to the fact that the Indian bands of Oklahoma have run Bingo games for years. Patrons from all of the neighboring states get in vehicles and travel to Oklahoma to enjoy Bingo over the weekends.

The 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) became law after a precedent setting decree by The U.S. Supreme Court just the prior year. Since that time, 23 of the 39 Indian bands of Oklahoma have established gambling halls. The Chickasaw were the first Oklahoma Native band to take advantage of the gambling restrictions, and at this time control ten gambling halls of their very own. Bingo was the game on which the above-mentioned gambling dens were built on. automated games such as slot machines weren’t authorized, since they’re thought to contribute to gambling problems more than bingo.

In the past few years, Oklahoma governing edicts has altered to allow for big American Indian betting casinos. You will now see Native gambling halls with slots, video poker and 21 tables. Craps and roulette are not approved in the Amerindian gambling halls as of yet, but this is simply a waiting game. Nobody can say with what having other gambling hall games in the bingo parlours will do for the draw of bingo.

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